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Internet rumors aside, I don't expect either of those two players to have a new home this year.
If you scour the blogs and message boards enough on the internet, you'll find all kinds of theories about which players should be sent packing.
However, guys like Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac aren't going anywhere. Players like Jamie Langenbrunner aren't very likely to be dealt either. I would say if I had to rank the chances of the three players, Langenbrunner would be the most likely of the three to be traded, but that isn't saying much.
A guy like Vladmir Zharkov could be ticketed for the AHL in lieu of a player making the minimum ($500,000), which would be a potential cap savings of $350,000. Also, a player like Anssi Salmela ($612,500) could be demoted or put on long-term IR (he currently is recovering from an ACL tear) in lieu of a player making less for some more additional savings.
There are a few options the Devils have to work through, but they are also severely limited by the following players who have No-Trade Clauses:
- Patrik Elias (No-movement clause)
- Brian Rolston
- Jason Arnott
- Jamie Langenbrunner
- Anton Volchenkov
- Colin White
- Martin Brodeur
- Johan Hedberg
ln addition, players like Henrik Tallinder, Hedberg, Volchenkov and Arnott were all recently acquired, meaning the likelihood of them being sent packing are basically non-existent.
Players like David Clarkson and Zach Parise also aren't going anywhere.
The most likely scenario in my opinion remains the scenario where Bryce Salvador is traded for a minimal return. That would roughly get the Devils to the cap limit, but would still leave the Devils with a need for three additional players. That is when I think Dainus Zubrus will be traded, creating about $3.4 million in space to be spent on potential players like Dean McAmmond or Mike Mottau to be brought in at or near the league minimum. Also, don't overlook potential rookies like Alexander Urbom, Jacob Josefson, Matthew Corrente, Nick Palmieri or Matt Taorimina to fill out the roster.
I don't envy the hard work Lou Lamoriello has ahead of him.
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